Radlett & District

Music Appreciation

Leaders: Tony Clayden and Edward Cross

Availability: unrestricted membership provided you are in Radlett & District U3A

Admission Cost £2 (to cover hall hire and refreshments)

The group launches its 2019-20 season with the first session on a new theme; 'Second-Rate composers who ought to be better-known' (i.e. undeserved one-hit wonders). David Bagon presents the life and works of Paul Abraham Dukas (1865-1935). The talk will cover his background as well as giving excerpts of his best known work, the symphonic scherzo 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' (L'apprenti sorcier), the fame of which has eclipsed that of his other surviving works. Included amongst these will be excerpts from his opera 'Ariane et Barbe-bleue', a symphony, two substantial works for solo piano, and a ballet, 'La Peri'. The group meets on Monday 16 September 14.30 at St. John's Church. All are welcome to come, there is no restriction on numbers.

Location of meeting: St Johns Church Hall, Gills Hill Lane, Radlett, WD7 8DF
Parking - limited parking at the church hall, free on street parking nearby

Day and time: third Monday of the month from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Many thanks to all those of you who come along and support our activities.

We currently have ‘unlimited’ space at the Church Hall, and all members of Radlett U3A are welcome to our meetings, whether actually a ‘member’ of our group, or not. There is no need to contact us in advance. You don't need to be a member of the music group to attend. (£2 at the door.)

Any Radlett U3A member is welcome to attend. Visitors from other local U3As are also welcome.

Programme for the rest of the 2018-19 season:

Aug 19No meeting – Summer break

Past sessions
On June 17th 2019, 37 of us enjoyed David Bagon's hilarious presentation on "Musical Merriment". It struck me that showing our young relatives humorous clips of classical music, would be a good way of introducing them to classical music, which has become unfashionable to so many of them.

We do not confine ourselves to classical music.

Have you ever noticed:

  • a cello asking a clarinet to dance (Weber's Invitation to the Dance)?!
  • or a band of women inviting men to a drinking party only to massacre them after the men fell asleep, to avenge one woman's hurt at being jilted by her lover (Smetana's Sarka in Ma Vlast)?!
  • or that the 4 woodwind chords at beginning of Mendelssohn's Midsummer nights dream represented the 'square of magic'?!

Photos
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Music Appreciation Group October 2016 Music Appreciation Group October 2016 Visit to the Bate in Oxford 20th Jan 2014 meeting
Group Meeting October 2016Group Meeting October 2016Visit to the Bate in Oxford20th Jan 2014 meeting
Group members Jan 2014 Meeting in January 2014 The whole group January 2014 Alison and Ken of Watford Brass Band
Group members Jan 2014Meeting in January 2014The whole group January 2014Alison and Ken of Watford Brass Band
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